New Vintage Ocean Eight Pinot Gris
Ocean Eight on Victoria's Mornington Peninsula has entrenched itself in the top echelon of Australian Pinot Gris makers with a string a brilliant recent releases. The 2020 Ocean Eight Pinot Gris is another classy example; beautifully aromatic with plenty of delicate citrus and floral perfume on the nose.
The texture is the key to this wine which was largely derived from ageing in French oak; which provides a nice contrast to the delicate aromas on the nose. It finishes dry and lingers with plenty of crisp acid.
"The 2020 Pinot gris displays tangerine, mandarin and a little green pear on the nose, forming an exotic but fresh mix. The riper pear flavours are more exuberant on the palate early, but the freshness and zing of tangerine builds and provides nice length, leaving a crisp, refined & fresh finish that immediately invites another try."- Ocean Eight Wines.
Ocean Eight is owned by the Aylward family who have been located in Shoreham on the Mornington Peninsula since 1994. In 1996 a site was carefully selected and planting commenced. A large winery was constructed where the fruit would be processed by hand and made into high quality wine. This vineyard was named ‘Kooyong'. In 2004 Kooyong was sold to the owners of Port Phillip Estate.
Chris, Gail and their son Mike wanted to remain in the wine business and planned on creating a new wine brand. The name 'Ocean Eight' was chosen as the Winery is located 8km from the beach at Shoreham.
While an optimal vineyard site was being researched to produce high quality fruit, the Aylwards converted a stable yard at their property in Shoreham into a small gravity fed winery. All the detail was included to ensure top quality wines could be achieved. All Ocean Eight's wines are made in small quantities/batches to ensure high quality and a focused style.
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